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From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 20×30 inches/51×76 cm
Paper: 22×32 inches/56×81 cm

A nude female figure floats in a crystalline pool. A white sun hat hides her eyes and the water cools her exhausted body, post workout. The steps support her as she lies parallel to her submerged shadow. Marbled tiles mark the edge of the pool. The pool’s edge and other lines arc to a focus on her face and hands. Her smooth outline reverberates in the ripples. Auburn tendrils of hair fall from her hat, barely grazing the surface. Manicured, deep green foliage populates the background, accented by delicate yellow and pink flowers.

The piece has an air of luxury and self image that recalls the myth of Narcissus. The well-maintained pool and ornate landscaping suggest an extravagant setting. This is paired with the natural beauty of the nude female form. Though her head is turned toward the viewer, her thoughts are on herself.

Liquid nudes theme

I love working with water and other liquids. The ungovernable nature of liquid provides a balance between order and chaos... A constantly moving mirror and lens, the liquid provides intricate visual surprises. Ripples, reflections, splashes and drops all participate in a mix of light and shadow to create intricate textures.

False color technique

Using the technique of false color, I produce a restrained color palette. The method is inspired by my training in oil painting, and pays homage to the classic technique of hand-colored photography. Color is applied selectively to give a greater illusion of depth as well as evoke an emotional response.

About limited edition archival photographs

This limited edition archival photograph is made with the best quality inks on heavyweight museum-grade paper for 100+ years of color permanence. Each photograph is signed and hand numbered by the artist. A collector can identify which impression they own (for example number one of ten). Once an edition is complete, no more editions of that image will be created. A certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist, is included.

About the artist

A K Nicholas is a visual artist specializing in figure (fine art nudes) photography. An unapologetic celebration of the female form, these images invite the viewer to explore a dreamlike world. Photography is simply a starting point on this journey to an unknown destination. His unorthodox aesthetic blends sensual imagery with a painterly style of manipulated colors.

Born in the United States, raised in the Middle East, this artist is formally trained in painting, drawing, and photography.

Materials used:

Archival photograph

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